Why your car is at increased risk to breakdown if you drive it today

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EXPERT advice reveals that driver’s cars are at higher risk of breakdown during a heatwave. Here’s how your car could be affected.

New data has revealed that the scorching temperatures are putting drivers more at risk of a breakdown today and this week. As the temperature rises well above 30 degrees it can put extras stress on the car. Some examples of how the heat can affect the vehicle are with the tyres which can be damaged and dried out. What’s more, it can also cause the air pressure to increase inside them. When the temperature rises it can also cause problems with the chemicals inside the battery. The battery is composed of acid and water and the latter will evaporate faster in soaring temperatures.

In addition to this, there is set to be an influx of cars on the roads across Britain over the next few days as schools begin the break up for summer holidays.

According to Green Flag, there was around an estimated 81,800 breakdowns or incidents on UK roads between Monday 22nd and Thursday 25th July.

Simon Henrick at Green Flag commented: “With the nation set to bake in hot temperatures and schools across the UK closing for summer, there will undoubtedly be increased traffic on the roads, as people take time off to enjoy the sunshine.

“However, it’s important to be aware of the strain that the heat can put on the car’s key components, as well as on the road itself. Green Flag wants to ensure motorists can enjoy the sunshine by staying safe whilst driving.

“However, many of the problems that drivers are likely to encounter are preventable if vehicles are inspected before a long journey.”

Ben Aldous, RAC patrol of the year, said: “Vehicles can suffer all sorts of problems when the mercury climbs, but it’s really those that are older or haven’t been as well looked after that run the risk of getting into the most trouble.

“We also know from previous years that it’s roads to the beaches and other beauty spots like the moors, Lake District and highlands that see the largest numbers of stranded drivers.

“Yet checking simple things like coolant and oil levels, as well as tyre tread and pressure, can stack the odds of a smooth journey in every driver’s favour and prevent a breakdown happening in the first place.

“Put simply – spending just moments checking things before you drive off could save you hours stuck in the heat at the roadside not doing what you set out to do.”

1. Make sure you have lots of coolant – A common cause of engine overheating is low coolant. To avoid this, drivers should make sure the radiator is full of coolant, and that it has the correct mix of antifreeze and water

2. Make sure your coolant isn’t past its sell by date – Coolant has a lifespan, and once it’s over it it’s not any use. Coolant that is past its sell by date will cause more harm than good. It may leave deposits in the car’s engine and radiator that can lead to poor coolant flow

3. Turn off air con when driving at slower speeds – When driving at slower speeds drivers are advised to turn off the air conditioning and roll down the windows. When driving below 50MPH, engines have to work harder to pump out cool air and could run the risk of burning excess fuel

4. Don’t overload your vehicle – When heading out in hot weather, cars often get overloaded with luggage and other items, but to help avoid breakdowns, drivers should limit the amount they pack. Overloading the car boot means the car has to work harder and will use more fuel.

       
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